PRESENTED BY SYDNEY FESTIVAL
ENCOUNTER AUSTRALIA – WORLD PREMIERE
COMMISSIONED AND PRODUCED BY FORM DANCE PROJECTS
SUPPORTING PARTNERS: SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS & FLING PHYSICAL THEATRE
“…the cars spin out on the roads, losing their grip somewhere between all the crooked driveways and those backyards that stretch out forever between all that fibro and brick.”
You are here in this place where the eels lay down and the cars light up and the McDonald’s M is the biggest moon in the sky. Parramatta. Summertime. Early in the evening. ENCOUNTER is your invitation to the neighbourhood.
In this en masse, site-specific work of joy, directed by the “formidable” Emma Saunders, ENCOUNTER explores the everyday extraordinariness of being young and being in this place, from Parramatta, Western Sydney to the Bega valley, on the NSW South Coast.
In collaboration with a group of award-winning Australian artists, including Felicity Castagna (writer), composers Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens) and Jodi Phillis (The Clouds), ENCOUNTER celebrates young people growing up in urban and regional communities.Creatively developed with a cast of 16 young dancers and 50 young musicians of the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, ENCOUNTER explores the indomitable spirit of youth and the world they find themselves in.
“Someone puts a boombox down on the concrete … I don’t get it, I don’t know how to be here …and I enter the space they’ve opened up and I dance."
DIRECTOR: EMMA SAUNDERS
CHOREOGRAPHY: In collaboration with the DANCERS
ASSOCIATE ARTIST: ROB McCREDIE
COMPOSERS: AMANDA BROWN & JODI PHILLIS
ORCHESTRATOR: JESSICA WELLS
CONDUCTOR: JAMES PENSINI
WRITER: FELICITY CASTAGNA
VISUAL ARTIST: DAVID CAPRA
WESTERN SYDNEY DANCERS: SARAH KALULE, LAWRENCEA MATEARIKI, SABRINA MUSZYNSKI, JOSHUA O’CONNOR, NAOMI REICHARDT, FERAS SHAHEEN, CAYLAN SPENDLOVE, XARA ZAINEDDINE
THE FLING COMPANY: ESME BARKER, EBONY CONSTABLE, GABRIELA GREEN OLEA, EBONY RYAN-MINERS, LARA SCRIVENS, BODHI TURNER, RORY WARNE, LUCA YI
ORCHESTRA: WESTERN SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
SPOKEN WORD: BILAL HAFDA
PHOTOGRAPHY: HEIDRUN LOHR
VIDEO & TRAILER: DOMINIC O’DONNELL
PRODUCTION MANAGER: REBECCA POULTER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ANNETTE McLERNON
Arrive early at Prince Alfred Square Park and bring your picnic blankets to enjoy PRELUDE, a warm-up to ENCOUNTER, featuring a rotating showcase of short performances by local dance revolutionaries and community dance leaders.
Artists include flamenco diva Pepa Molina; Bharatanatyam dancer Aruna Gandhi; Polynesian Cook Islanders Pacific Dreams; hip hop sensation The Buggy Bumpers; Feras Shaheen and his Dabke dancing mother, The Feisty Femme; Forge Tap Quartet; the rocking contemporary Dance Makers Collective; and international Sharp Short Dance alumnus Billy Keohavong.
When - 10 - 12 January from 6 pm, park opens 5 pm
PRINCE ALFRED SQUARE